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    I'm still using too much motion when I make a downstroke

    For a few years now I've been trying to acquire a fast picking technique. I love the Malmsteen style and all the guys on YouTube which have acquired that same picking style. But I've noticed that most of the time when I play a downstroke, I end up too far away from the string so I have to make too much motion to get back to pick the following upstroke.

    This is really hard to change.

    I'm holding my pick correctly and I'm using a small pick that feels very comfortable and it's on the thick side like it's supposed to be for speed picking.

    If anyone has any tips on how to prevent my right hand from traveling a mile when it only has to go a few millimeters, I'd like to hear them.

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    Re: I'm still using too much motion when I make a downstroke

    I think what I will concentrate on is only using my thumb and forefinger. The way I see it that is the only way to keep the motions extremely small without going too far. Picking from the wrist simply will not work.

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    Re: I'm still using too much motion when I make a downstroke

    That's the only way I can pick extremely fast with any control at all. The only thing that's really moving is the thumb joint, it's got to be the dominant flex point. I don't know anyone else personally that uses this technique but it works for me. The pick is only moving 7-8mm per stroke though and transitions to a full sweep pick are a little tough once you get used to such a small window for pick movement.

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    Re: I'm still using too much motion when I make a downstroke

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundermtn View Post
    That's the only way I can pick extremely fast with any control at all. The only thing that's really moving is the thumb joint, it's got to be the dominant flex point. I don't know anyone else personally that uses this technique but it works for me. The pick is only moving 7-8mm per stroke though and transitions to a full sweep pick are a little tough once you get used to such a small window for pick movement.
    That's exactly what I have been doing for 30-years as well. I got the idea from some 80's pick gimmick that actually taught this - it was a black plastic pick with a cone point, and the instructions recommended practicing by drawing tiny circles with a pen on paper . But hey, it worked!
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    Re: I'm still using too much motion when I make a downstroke

    It's called the Stylus pick. It forces you to keep the pick at a consistent depth. I used one a lot in the 80's to help develop my alternate picking technique. I also remember reading an old Al Dimeola interview where he stressed using economy in the picking motion. Not flailing the picking hand around wildly, but using a tight, controlled motion. So if you pick a downstroke, immediately pick the upstroke. It requires a lot of practice and concentration. Watch some of the Troy Grady videos on YouTube, he goes into great depth of speed picking, with pick slanting, pick tilting, etc. I personally improved my picking chops by watching and implementing Troys ideas.
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